FG Congratulates Anthony Joshua, Newly-Crowned World Heavyweight Champion

Anthony JoshuaThe Federal Government has congratulated British professional boxer of Nigerian descent Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua, who recently defeated
Ukranian Wladimir Klitschko to become the unified World Heavyweight Champion.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Nigeria is proud to be
associated with the new unified World champion, whose Nigerian heritage he has publicly acknowledged.

''My heart is in Nigeria, My heart is in Britain. I am a Nigerian man by blood, yes,'' the Minister quoted Joshua as saying in a recent
interview, during which the boxer also listed the secret of his success as pounded yam, eba and egusi - all Nigerian cuisine.

He hailed Joshua for his humility, despite his success in boxing, and his undying spirit, coming off the canvas after he was knocked down by
Klitschko in the sixth round to win by a Technical Knock Out in the 11th round of their pulsating fight.

Alhaji Mohammed said the government will soon invite the new World Heavyweight Champion to Nigeria, especially as he has said he is
looking forward to giving something back to the country.

Segun Adeyemi
SA to Hon Minister of Information and Culture

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